Week 2 NFL picks, predictions
You understand I have no choice but to pick my team no matter what you say! Currently I'm 8 wins below first place and 71 and have no one to thank but you guys! Next year I expect to win it all with your help! Thanks again for your Wunderdog Picks! Steve Martin, Somerville, NJ. Dog, Although your office pool picks are only mathematical picks, you've out scored me every week. Had I used your picks I would be in the top 6 in my pool instead of tied at 8th.
No more "juggling" in week 4; going with your picks this week. Keep up the good work. Larry Simpson, Lincoln Illinois. I WON my football pool and dominated actually since week 4!!!! Andy Dalton, for all his faults, will pose more of a threat to the Jimmy Smith-less Ravens defense than Nathan Peterman did. Yet, if Rodgers plays, all bets are off. If nothing else, that lowers the odds of another Ben Roethlisberger turnover-fest.
The dilemma for the Eagles after its opening-night close call against the Falcons: Enjoy how they made Atlanta look so bad in the red zone so often, but also stop letting teams get into the red zone so often. For one thing, red-zone scoring was not an issue for the Fitzmagic-led Bucs offense last week — they just flung it up and down the field.
That's easier said than done, though, against a Browns defense that keeps showing signs of being the real thing. With that, though, there's no way the Browns' offense can keep up with Drew Brees no matter what that defense accomplishes. A bunch of defensive or special-teams scores, maybe? The upside is so high for the Jets in this. Their memory of the win they turned into an excruciating loss in Miami last year is still fresh in their minds.
The Dolphins are merely decent, nothing special. The Jets need to take advantage of a great early opportunity.
Is Adrian Peterson really still that good? Is Jordan Reed that healthy? Is Alex Smith that efficient? The Colts will test all of that. The annual drama of seeing how much Cam Newton looks like Cam Newton continues. Yes, yet another vengeance angle: In their season finale last year, the Falcons rose up to clinch a playoff spot, and the Panthers fell flat and blew the NFC South title. The worries in Nashville about Marcus Mariota, over his elbow and his inconsistency, are real.
This is not the team to face with those kind of worries, at least not the defense. The Texans' defense has nothing to apologize for in the wake of the loss in New England. Deshaun Watson reminded everybody that returns from ACL injuries still take time. The Bills did their own players no favors by completely botching their quarterback decisions over the last two years. That began in earnest against these Chargers last year, the infamous Nathan Peterman debut.